M Squad (1957–1960)

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The hard-hitting adventures of tough Lieutenant Frank Ballinger, a member of the Chicago Police Department's M Squad, an elite crime-fighting unit.

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Complete series cast summary:
 Detective Lt. Frank Ballinger / ... (117 episodes, 1957-1960)
Paul Newlan ...
 Police Capt. Grey / ... (103 episodes, 1957-1960)


Captain Grey headed an elite detective squad in the Chicago, Illinois Police Department dedicated to fighting organized crime. Lieutenant Frank Ballinger was one of the police officers who worked alone to arrest the villains. Written by J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop@worldnet.att.net>

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20 September 1957 (USA)  »

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Ballinger de Chicago  »

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The show was inspired by the exploits of legendary Chicago crime fighter Det. Supt. Joseph Morris. Det. Lt. Frank Pape, who worked for Morris, served as a technical adviser on the show, without getting credit, however, because of his active status within the Chicago Police Department, which banned police moonlighting. See more »


Lt. Frank Ballinger: [spoken in voiceover near beginning of each episode, as he tells audience about a recently committed crime] My name is Frank Ballinger, detective-lieutenant, M Squad, a special detail of the Chicago police.
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Referenced in Remington Steele: Steele Spawning (1986) See more »


Theme From M Squad
Composed by Count Basie (from September 1958)
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One Of My All-Time Favorite Cop Shows
22 June 1999 | by (Wichita, Ks.) – See all my reviews

Lee Marvin became and remains one of my favorite actors because of this series. As a kid I eagerly awaited Friday nights at 9:00 (EST) on NBC. Frank Ballinger always got the bad guy, and we got to hear some really cool music along the way. The late fifties and early sixties were a golden age for TV cop shows and TV music -- this show was one of the main reasons. After much travail, I have managed to obtain a rare videocassette of two episodes, and even rarer, a copy of a CD reissue of the sound track LP. Great stuff! The "Police Squad!" opening credit sequence, and the characters of Frank Drebin and his boss, were lifted (lovingly, I am sure) from this show.

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